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Four Hundred Loons

Four Hundred Loons by Paul Randolph Spitzer, PhD (November 5, 2014) November brings migratory waterfowl from the North Country to the Bay.  Among these are the loons, well-named in the UK as Great Northern Divers.  They are the size of a goose, and are very partial to the Bay’s annual crop of “peanut” menhaden—nurtured on plankton in countless creeks over the warm summer. These fish are now about 5 inches long, and already they form dense schools.  Soon they will migrate from the Bay to warmer ocean waters, some swimming as far south as the Carolinas.  The newly-arrived loons practice an “intercept fishery” on the peanuts, forming noisy cooperative flocks in the lower reaches of some Bay tributaries.  They form a live fishing net, most…
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